Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: With the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declaring the end of the Monsoon season this year, Odisha has recorded cumulative rainfall of 1292.2 mm against the LTA of 1144.3 mm which is a surplus of 12.9 per cent between the months of June to September.

Eleven districts namely Kalahandi, Puri, Malkangiri, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Koraput and Rayagada have received surplus rainfall more than 19 per cent during the period from June 1 to September end, a statement from the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office said Sunday.

The remaining 19 districts received normal rainfall (+ 19 per cent to - 19 per cent) during the period.

Malkanagiri district has recorded the highest rainfall of 2074.2 mm with a 44.9 per cent surplus while Nayagarh district has received the lowest cumulative rainfall of 950.0 mm which was 5.7 per cent deficit during the period, the statement said.

Going by the block-wise rainfall data, 112 blocks have received surplus rainfall of more than 19 per cent, 171 blocks received normal rainfall (+19 per cent to -19 per cent), 27 blocks received deficit rainfall (shortfall of 19 per cent up to 39 per cent) and 4 blocks received severe deficit rainfall (shortfall of 39 per cent up to 59 per cent) during June, July, August and September cumulatively, the release from the SRC's office stated.

The State has registered a surplus of 29.4 per cent rainfall, receiving an average rainfall of 300.1 mm against the long term average (LTA) of 231.9 mm in September, 2018.

Kendrapara district has recorded the highest rainfall of 653.0 mm, registering a 175.2 per cent surplus while Jharsuguda district has received the lowest rainfall of 122.3 mm, which was 42.0 per cent deficit during the month.

There were total 50.0 rainy days during June to September against the normal average of 52.4 rainy days with 8.1 rainy days in June, 15.6 rainy days in July, 15.9 in August and 10.4 rainy days in September, 2018, the statement said.

On the other hand, the country has recorded a nine percent deficit in rainfall this season with Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and north-eastern states registering maximum deficiency, weather agency IMD said.